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Mina Loy's Critical Modernism$
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Laura Scuriatti

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056302

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056302.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Mina Loy's Critical Modernism

Laura Scuriatti

University Press of Florida

The introduction offers a brief outline of standard and more recent scholarship on Loy and her reception; it introduces the concept of “critical modernism,” on the basis of fundamental works dedicated to the theory of the avant-garde, and argues that Loy’s highly diverse corpus of works adheres to well-known protocols of avant-garde and modernist aesthetics, but simultaneously questions them. The chapter also offers a brief summary of the book’s argument and of the single chapters; it outlines the tension in Loy’s corpus between an affirmative early modernist aesthetic, and a critical stance which destabilizes the categories of artwork, artist and art, relating this tension to a broader critique of normative notions of gender, identity and subjectivity.

Keywords:   Avant-garde theory, early modernist aesthetic, critical modernism, gender, identity, subjectivity

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